The Tower

Can you stand another travelogue?  Our grandson is here for a week of his summer holiday, and we have been using this as the excuse for doing things that we wanted to do; so we went to the New Forest Show with him (that's on my Ancient Richborough blog) and today we went up the Spinnaker Tower.

Warrior: early Ironclad

Porstmouth has always been home to the Royal Navy, and the Spinnaker Tower is one of those iconic modern buldings (more sculpture than mere building) which declares "This is Pompey". The German built external lifts have never worked (one of the Civic Dignitaries was trapped in midair soon after it opened) so instead there is a rapid internal lift to rush you to the first of three platforms.  From this one you can stand on a plate-glass floor and look down on the passing crowds.  Our grandson did that; I chickened out.  But the views from all three platforms are terrific, and you might like to spot some of the major sights.

That is to say you would if I could persuade the system to download any more pictures; but it stubbornly refuses, so I shall resort to my old steam-driven Ancient Richbourgh and try posting them there. Sorry!

Author: Fr. Edwin Barnes

Bishop Barnes read theology for three years at Oxford before finishing his studies at Cuddesdon College (at the time a theological college with a rather monastic character). He subsequently served two urban curacies in Portsmouth and Woking. During his first curacy, and after the statutory three years of celibacy, he married his wife Jane (with whom he has two children, Nicola and Matthew). In 1967, Bishop Barnes received his first incumbency as Rector of Farncombe in the Diocese of Guildford. After eleven years, the family moved to Hessle, in the Diocese of York, for another nine years as vicar. In 1987, he became Principal of St Stephen’s House, Oxford. In 1995, he was asked by then Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, to become the second PEV for the Province. He was based in St. Alban’s and charged with ministering to faithful Anglo-Catholics spread over the length of Southern England, from the Humber Estuary to the Channel Islands. After six years of service as a PEV, Bishop Barnes retired to Lymington on the south coast where he holds the Bishop of Winchester’s license as an honorary assistant bishop. On the retirement of the late and much lamented Bishop Eric Kemp, he was honored to be asked to succeed him as President of the Church Union. Both these appointments he resigned on becoming a Catholic in 2010. Fr. Barnes is now a priest of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, caring for an Ordinariate Group in Southbourne, Bournemouth.

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